Quotes & Numbers Percentage of public school parents nationwide who think there is too much emphasis on standardized testing in public schools, according to the 47th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, released in August.
67% Percentage of public school parents polled who oppose including student scores from standardized tests as part of teacher evaluations, in the same poll. 63% Hours of television watched each day by the average U.S. kindergartner, cited in “Harper’s Index” in the August Harper’s Magazine. 3.3 Number of California school-related jobs lost during the recession from 2008 to 2012, as reported in an Aug. 9 New York Times teacher shortage story that focused on the Golden State. 82,000 Average amount teachers spent of their own money last school year on classroom supplies, according to a survey, released in July, of 536 K-12 educators in the U.S., conducted by Agile Education Marketing. (Read members’ comments about classroom spending on page 10.) 490 $ “We help kids grow. And that’s part of the rush of teaching.” —DOMINIC DIRKSEN , a high school teacher in San Diego County, speaking in an unscripted CTA back-to-school TV ad that began airing statewide on Aug. 31. Watch the ads at cta.org/mediacenter. “There are frequent stories about public school teachers who are leaving the profession or taking early retirement because of the toll of working in a ‘test and punish’ environment.A November 2014 National Education Association survey reported that nearly 50 percent of all teachers are considering leaving due to standardized testing.” —Washington Post reporter VALERIE STRAUSS , in her Aug. 24 Answer Sheet education blog about how to halt the teacher shortage hitting many states, including California. —CHRIS PROKOP , president of the Cajon Valley Education Association, quoted in an Aug. 19 San Diego Union-Tribune story about a new bill backed by school boards and opposed by CTA. The bill would allow school districts to hoard public money in larger reserves than allowed in voter-approved Proposition 2. “Now that the governor has a rainy day fund, it’s somewhat redundant to have a backup fund for your backup fund.” —GOP presidential hopeful JEB BUSH , at an Aug. 19 New Hampshire education summit meeting of Republican presidential candidates. The highly controversial Nevada voucher law destabilizes public schools by allowing richer students to use their taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend private schools.